Hackbright for Good
Last weekend I spent 2 days building and learning at Hackbright Academy’s Hack(bright) for good hackathon. It was really exciting to learn about new technologies (Django & Python) and see some of my teammates push code & submit pull requests for the first time.
Our team’s idea was to create an app that allows NGOs a simple way to create SMS campaigns to send scheduled reminders to patients to take their medication, go to doctor’s appointments, or schedule immunizations.
We used bootstrap for the front-end, GitHub Pages to host, the Twilio API built in a Python powered Django app to enroll and send messages, and Github.com for version control & issue tracking. (Also the text were sent in the character of our celebrity spokesperson, Ryan Gosling.)
There were a bunch of other great apps as well, including a calendar to find events for beginning computer users in the San Francisco, powered by Sheetsee, DeltaWorks, an app that compares the cost of standard energy vs renewable energy based on zip code & and Flowbright, an app that can be used to track water usage by room to identify waste & spending.
Our team, NGO, GO! won for Most Creative!
The weekend was great in so many ways – the hackathon was beginner friendly, majority female, & everyone who participated was there to build something for the greater good.
Also check out HackBright’s blog post – http://blog.hackbrightacademy.com/2014/05/hackbrightforgood-2014-prizes/